Jul 21, 2012 11:42 PM by Jordan Mason
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (51-48) completely shut down the Tacoma Rainiers (41-58) offense limiting them to three hits in a 3-1 win, with Sky Sox starter Nick Schmidt tossing six scoreless innings of one-hit baseball in the longest shutout start of his Triple-A career.
Schmidt (2-2, 6.55 ERA) allowed only three total baserunners in his second straight win for Colorado Springs, and the least amount of hits in any of his starts this year for the Sox or for Double-A Tulsa. Schmidt struck out a Triple-A career high five Rainiers, and combined with relievers Edgmer Escalona and Coty Woods to allow only one Tacoma baserunner past second base in the game. The Sox nearly put together their fifth shutout on the season, but the Rainiers had two hits in the ninth to score their only run of the game.
Sky Sox leader in hits this season Matt McBride notched his team-leading 34th multi-hit game with three hits in the contest, including a RBI double in the first inning. McBride extended his team-high hitting streak to 14 games, the second longest hitting streak for any Sky Sox player this season, and has collected a RBI or a run scored in 13 of those 14 games. McBride ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 33 doubles.
Sky Sox third baseman Brendan Harris knocked in a run on a double in the fourth inning, part of the Sox scoring two runs in the frame, and the infielder has at least one extra-base hit in six of his last seven games. Harris has 18 extra-base hits in his last 25 games, after totaling nine in his first 41 games this season.
The Sky Sox have won seven of their last nine games against Tacoma, and have now clinched the season series with the division rival by registering their ninth win against the Rainiers this year. The Sox and Tacoma will play a Sunday doubleheader tomorrow, making up for the game postponed on June 26 that was postponed due to heavy smoke from the Waldo Canyon Fire. In the first game of the doubleheader the Sky Sox will send out right-hander Guillermo Moscoso (5-5, 5.81 ERA) to face off with Rainiers righty Brian Sweeney (4-2, 5.02 ERA) at 4:05 p.m. MT. The second game will feature the pitching matchup of Sky Sox right-hander Cory Riordan (0-0, 6.75 ERA) against Tacoma right-hander David Pauley (2-0, 1.59 ERA).